Kilmeena in the 1830s

1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described by Samuel Lewis in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" 1837.

KILMINA, a parish, in the barony of BURRISHOOLE, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, adjoining the post-town of Newport-Pratt, and containing, with several inhabited islands, 9000 inhabitants.

It comprises 9990 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £7132 per ann., of which five-sixths are arable and pasture, and a small quantity is bog.

Rosslands, the seat of Lewis O'Donnell, Esq., is delightfully situated on a creek of Clew bay, in which are several islands. The chief (islands) are:

  • Inishbee, Inishcuttle, and Inishnakellive, the property of Sir S. O'Malley, Bart. ;
  • Inishduff, on which are the ruins of an ancient church ;
  • Inishgowley, Island Tagart, Clynish, and Inishturk, the property of the Marquess of Sligo ;
  • Inishrahen, Inishee, Inishleague, and Inishugh, on which is a coastguard station, also a remarkable clay cliff, 90 feet high.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, and in the patronage of the Archbishop; the rectory is partly appropriate to the prebends of Faldown and Killybegs in the cathedral of Tuam, and partly to the vicarage.

  • The tithes amount to £350, of which £40. 7. 8. is payable to the prebendaries, and £309. 12.4. to the vicar.
  • There is no glebe-house, but a glebe of six acres on Calf island.
  • The church was erected in 1835, by a grant of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits.

In the R. C. divisions it is the head of a union or district, comprising this parish and Kilmaclasser, in each of which is a chapel; that of Kilmina is a large handsome building, erected in 1822 at an expense of £1200.

There are two public schools, to one of which the rector contributes £15 per ann., and in which about 100 children are educated; and eleven private schools, in which 250 are taught.

SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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